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Goodell DeVries Attorneys Obtains Summary Judgment for Lift Truck Manufacturer

July 2017

In Garrett v. Crown Equipment Corporation, Thomas J. Cullen, Jr. and Alexander L. Stimac of Goodell DeVries obtained summary judgment in favor of Crown, a leading manufacturer of material handling equipment, in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.  Plaintiff sustained a crushed right leg while operating an end-controlled pallet truck and alleged two separate design defects involving different mechanical operations of the truck.  Crown moved for summary judgment, arguing that Plaintiff’s expert mechanical engineer did not provide a reliable basis for either design defect and that the facts did not support a conclusion that either of the alleged defective conditions played any causal role in the accident.  After a hearing, the Honorable Judge Jeffrey Meyer granted Crown’s Motion for Summary Judgment, holding that there was no evidence that either of the alleged defects could have caused Plaintiff’s injury.